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Health Benefits of Sheep Milk

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  • Reduces Cholesterol
  • Medium chain triglyceride has been proven to reduce cholesterol and found in sheep milk
  • Dairy Intolerant Friendly
  • 98% of dairy intolerant people can consume sheep milk
  • Healthy Fats
  • Sheep milk has high levels of mono and poly unsaturated fats
  • High Calcium
  • Sheep milk has twice the minerals of cow and goat like calcium, phosphorus, zinc and B group vitamins.
  • Organically Produced
  • Grandvewe Cheeses is certified Grade A with OGA

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  • The milk is naturally homogenized with smaller fat globules, making it easier to digest than other milks.
  • Sheep milk cheeses have anywhere from 32-34% fat.
  • If you are worried about cholesterol – remember that the level of fat does not necessarily relate to the level of cholesterol.
  • Very rich in vitamins and minerals, containing up to twice as much calcium as cows milk.
  • It takes only a small amount of sheep milk cheese to satisfy the palate, this also results in the intake of less fat and fewer calories.
  • Allergy sufferers can also benefit from using sheep’s milk and sheep’s milk products. Conditions such as eczema, asthma and dietary problems can be relieved by introducing sheep milk to one’s diet.
  • 45% of the fatty acids in sheep cheese are Monounsaturated
  • Sheep milk yogurt every morning for breakfast over your cereal gives you a good start to the day and the high calcium helps to counteract the danger of phytic acid in a high fibre diet.
  • France alone has almost one million ewes in dairy production. Roquefort, the blue cheese from France, is entirely produced from sheep milk. They produce 90,000,000 litres of sheep milk, from 2700 farmers into 7,500,000 rounds of cheese.
  • Most sheep milk is processed into cheese, with a strong ethnic bias on type (Fetta, Romano, etc). Some yogurt and ice cream is also made.
  • Sheep dairying is suitable for smaller farms, because the capital investment isn’t as much as for a cow dairy.
  • Sheep’s milk can yield some delicious specialty cheeses. These cheeses are rich and flavourful.

Sheep Milk May Prevent Alzheimers.

Researchers hope a protein, or peptide, found in sheep’s milk could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Colostrinin can stabilise mental functions and is being Investigated for its preventative health value. Science Australia research scientist Louise Bennett says the substance was detected by researchers in Poland.

“A peptide extracted from sheep’s milk, or sheep colustrum, is able to dissolve the plaques that are associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease,” she said.

“It’s quite possible that there are similar peptides present in cow’s
milk.”

 

The Intelligence of Sheep

A Newspaper in London, dated July 30th, 2004 reported the following:

Their reputation as innovators and adventurers is thus far slim, but it appears some sheep may be smarter than you might first think.

According to astonished eye-witnesses, a particularly adventurous flock in northern England has found a way to get past supposedly hoof-proof metal grids installed across roads – executing a neat commando-style roll over the top.

Determined to get access to the rich grazing of local gardens in Marsden, a town in the hilly Pennine region, local sheep have worked out how to get past the barriers, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

“I’ve seen them doing it and they’re clever,” said an impressed Dorothy Lindley, a local councillor. “They lie down on their side, or sometimes on their back, and roll over the metal grids until they are clear.” At times also hurdling 1.50m fences or squeezing through tiny gaps, the enterprising flock has laid waste to a series of gardens, as well as flowers in the graveyard, the newspaper reported. “It’s a serious problem because they make a mess of people’s gardens,” Lindley told the paper, saying that she sometimes barked at rogue sheep like a dog in an attempt to scare them off.

The grids were installed 10 years ago after one irate gardener rounded up a series of stray sheep and held them hostage, demanding action, the report said. However, now new measures seemed necessary, as more and more sheep – this time fitting to species stereotype – copied the roll manoeuvre. “What we really need is more fencing to stop them, but they would probably find another way out before long,” Lindley complained.

Sheep Emotions

  

“I’m In Love With Ewe”

Love, the emotion thought to distinguish man from beasts, is not so exclusive after all. Scientists have found that sheep can fall in love and that they experience other powerful human-like emotions, too.

The study showed that ewes fall in love with rams, have best friends and feel desolate when those close to them die or are sent for slaughter. The discovery could have important implications for the way farm animals are treated.

Such issues will be addressed in detail this week at a conference on animal sentience to be held in London by Compassion in World Farming. Keith Kendrick, the neuroscientist at the Babraham Research Institute in Cambridge, who led the research, says sheep and human brains have a startling amount in common.

In the research, Kendrick first inserted tiny electrodes into the brains of sheep to measure how electrical activity varied when they were offered stimuli. These included being shown pictures of rams with which they had been closely associated or ewes that were among their group of “friends”. Kendrick and his colleagues recorded the changes in electrical activity and observed the animals’ behaviour while they were being shown such pictures.

In other experiments the animals were painlessly killed after exposure to the pictures. Then their brain cells were studied to see how levels of certain chemicals had changed. Studies in humans have used magnetic resonance imaging to measure how different arts of the brain become active when people are shown images of their loved ones.

Kendrick found that the electrical activity and chemical responses in sheep were very similar. Kendrick says it is clear that female sheep actively solicit and enjoy sex and may even have orgasms. But the study shows ewes forget about their lovers far more quickly than women.

It is not the first time sheep love has been reported. Woody Allen portrayed a love affair between a doctor, played by Gene Wilder, and a sheep called Daisy in the film “Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask”. Donald Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University, believes animals living in herds can devise their own “moral codes”. “Just watching them we can see how they are often friendly and altruistic towards each other”, Prof Broom said. Joyce D’silva, Director of Compassion in World Farming, said: “People have long acknowledged that their pets have personalities and complex emotions and would never tolerate them being treated as badly as we treat our farm animals. Its time to rethink that.”
 

FAQs

Q: How many sheep do you milk?
A: 115 sheep in the 2011 season
 
Q: How many times a day do you milk?
A: Twice a day for 4 months and once a day for a further 2 months.
 
Q: When do you separate your lambs?
A: After 30 days.
 
Q: How big is your property?
A: 40 Acres
 
Q: How many teats does a sheep have?
A: 2
 
Q: How many litres do you get from each sheep?
A: 1 -2 Litres per day averaged over seven months
 
Q: How many litres make 1 Kg of cheese?
A: 6 litres per Kg for hard cheese and 2-3 litres per Kg for soft cheese
 
Q: How fine is the Wool?
A: 28 Micron (used for jumpers and carpet)
 
Q: Do you have to shear the sheep?
A: Yes, once a year.
 
Q: When do you start and stop milking the sheep?
A: September through to March
 
Q: What sort of sheep are they?
A: Awassi and Grandvewe Dairysheep
 
Q: What was the thought behind milking sheep?
A: We have always wanted to grow a vineyard and then we needed an animal to eat down the grass between the rows. After heavy research we found that sheep would be the best and milking them would be an additional income stream for our enterprise.